Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Just to let you all know I'm going to be MIA for the next couple of days.  I'm going on vacation and I won't have internet access.  Have a great week and happy reading!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Today I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Rewind:  Top Ten Mean Girls in Books

1.  Britney from The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder.  This is one ridiculously, crazy mean girl.  I would not want to get on her bad side.

2.  Trista from Populazzi by Elise Allen.  This girl was a conviving, horrible person.  She was mean and back-stabbing. 

3.  Dolores Umbridge from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  She tried having absolute power over everybody and everything.  I cringe everytime she is mentioned in the books.

4.  Bellatrix Lestrange from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  Anyone who would chant that they killed Serius Black has to make it on my list of mean girls.  Plus she hurt Neville's parents and that will always make me strongly dislike her.

5.  Caterina from Lost Voices by Sarah Porter.  She was a jealous leader who made some bad choices and was a hypocrite.  

6.  Rosalie from The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers.  She was so judgemental and sarcastic and down-right rude at times, but you couldn't help but love her.  

7.  Annie from The Betrayal of Maggie Blaire by Elizabeth Laird.  Her lies and coniving personality just kept hurting Maggie and her family over and over.  

That's all I can think of for now.  I can't wait to read about everyone's else's favorite mean girls.   

Monday, April 25, 2011

Review of Numbers by Rachel Ward

Title:  Numbers
Author:  Rachel Ward
Published by:  Chicken House/Scholastic Inc
Pages:  325
Source:  Audiobook from Library
Rating:  3/5

From GoodreadsWhenever Jem meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die.  Burdened with such an awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. But while they’re waiting to ride the Eye Ferris wheel, Jem notices that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!

The idea behind this novel was very interesting...a person who could see everyone's date of death.  I wasn't sure how this concept was going to be portrayed but I think the author did a great job with it.  Jem definitely struggled with what to do with the information she knew about others.  It was a internal battle between deciding if she should tell people or give this information to herself.

Jem had a hard time forming relationships and I can understand why.  If I knew exactly when everyone was going to die I would have a hard time wanting people to get close to me. 

I loved that the characters were not rich, beautiful, straight A, perfect students.  In fact, they were what we'd consider juvenile delinquents.  It was nice to not have these perfect characters, but to have characters with huge character flaws.

Even though I loved that the characters were flawed, I didn't really connect with either Jem or Spider.  In fact, Spider kind of creeped me out.  He was shady and jittery all the time.  I wanted to tell him to sit still (and take a shower).  I'm not sure what it was about them and I don't think it's how the author wrote them, more just how I felt about them.  

I think because I couldn't really connect with the characters I didn't really connect with the story either.  I had a hard time believing everything that happened on Jem and Spider's journey and I didn't enjoy the ending either.  

Even though this wasn't my favorite novel, I did enjoy parts of it and I think most people would enjoy the story too.        

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Happy Easter Everyone!  I hope everyone has a great time with their friends and family.  

Friday, April 22, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View.
           My answer to this week's Follow Friday question:

Q. What is on your current playlist right now?


1.  New Found Glory

2.  Shakira

3.  Katy Perry

4.  Rihanna

5.  Theory of a Dead Man

6.  The Script

7. Cobra Starship

8. Whatever audiobook I'm listening to

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Review of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Title:  I Am Number Four
Author:  Pittacus Lore
Published by:  HarperCollins
Pages:  440
Source:  Brought
Rating:  3.5/5 stars

From GoodreadsIn the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.  The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. 

As a disclaimer I wanted to let everyone know that when this book first came out I really had no interest in reading it.  Then the movie came out and it looked really good and I know that if I see the movie first I won't want to read the book.  So I went out and bought the book so I could read it before seeing the movie. 

I have read a couple of sci-fiction books and have enjoyed them more than I thought I would...this novel included.  I've always had this image of green, creepy, creatures as alians, but not anymore.

This story pulled me in from page one.  I'm not really sure what it was about the book that hooked me, but I definitely wanted to know more.  The Lorian Legacies were compelling and mysterious.  You get suck right in and devoured the pages as though they were chocolate.  I was confused at times, but I enjoyed the way the author gave us small pieces of information over the entire novel instead of overwhelming us.

My major issue with this novel is that I don't really feel as if I connected with anyone in the story.  They all felt a bit distant and not welcoming.  I wish that I could have really connected with them, because I think this would have been a very powerful story then.

The story that the author created was amazing.  It was so detailed and complex but at the same time completely believable.  I could picture these multiples universes and the war that broke out between them.  I felt as if I was in a fantasy movie the entire time.  I'm sure this is going to make a great movie and I can't wait to see it. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review of All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

Title:  All-American Girl
Author:  Meg Cabot
Published by:
Source:  Audiobook from library
Rating 3.5/5 Stars

From GoodreadsSamantha Madison is an average, cool Washington, D.C., teen: She loves Gwen Stefani (who doesn't?), can draw like nobody's business, and enjoys being opposite to her sister's annoying ultra-social personality. When she ditches art class one day, however, she doesn't expect to be jumping on the back of a wannabe presidential assassin. Soon, the young hero is receiving worldwide acclaim for her bravery, having dinner with her family at the White House, and is even being named teen ambassador to the UN. As if this weren't enough, she and David, the president's son, strike up a friendship that everyone wants the dirt on, which starts to give her romantic "frisson" feelings. Unfortunately, Sam thinks her sister's boyfriend, Jack, is the true love of her life, and she makes a few wrong turns that could screw up what she's developing with David. Will she ever stop following what she knows and start following what she sees.

This is a really light, sassy read.  Sam is a spunky main character who is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in (even to the President of the United States).  This girls has some serious guts, but is having some trouble managing her own life. 

After saving the president and becoming a national hero everything start to go downhill for Sam.  She starts to realize that things she though she knew and felt, she didn't really understand.  I really liked Sam's character though at times I thought she was whiny and very naive.  She thought she was in love with her sister's boyfriend and worshiped the ground he walked on, but not is all it seems with Jack.  Sam doesn't always handle her situations the right way, but she's learning.

 I loved the president's son, David, in this novel.  He is a great character who was wise beyond his years.  I felt like he was caring and really true to who he was and his beliefs.  He saw things that others didn't and he's kinda of a rebel in his own way.

 Another thing I really enjoyed about this novel was Sam's top ten lists.  They had me laughing-out-loud and often thinking of things I'd want to add or even make up my own top ten list.

Overall this was a fun read that I would recommend to younger teens. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Today I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Rewind:  Top Ten Fiction Crushes

1.  Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires series.  It's I need to say anything more!

2.  Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series.  He's dark, handsome, protective and made of pure yumminess.

3.  Ren Laroche from Nightshade.  I loved his sex appeal in this novel.  He felt downright hot and steamy.

4.  Tucker from Unearthly.  Everyone wants a cowboy, right?

5.  Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  Who wouldn't want to date a hardcore, kick-butt demi-god?  

6.  St. Claire from Anna and the French Kiss.  Yeah...I don't think anyone who has read this book cannot have a crush on this man.  

7.  Joe from The Sky is Everywhere.  I loved his soul...I think he was pure and caring and always the nice guy.

8.  Jace from The Mortal Instruments series...I would like to know where I can order get me a man like this.  Anyone know?

9.  Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.  I loved his cocky attitude and that he loved Scarlett even with her flaws.

10.  Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.  This may seem like a weird one, but he loved Catherine so much.  I don't necessarily have a crush on Heathcliff but I have a crush on the love he felt for Catherine.   

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review of Wildthorn by Jane Eagland

Title:  Wildthorn
Author:  Jane Eagland
Published by:  Macmillan Children's Books
Pages:  359
Source:  ARC

From Goodreads Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key...

This novel really took me by surprise.  At first it starts by switching back and forth between the present (the nineteenth century) and Louisa's/Lucy's past.  Since the font was different for each time period this wasn't confusing at all.  I have to admit the novel started off a bit slow, but once I was 100 pages in or so I was hooked.

The whole novel I was wondering if Louisa/Lucy really was crazy or if someone in her family committed her to Wildthorn asylum without her knowledge.  I kept going back and forth, first believing in her and then thinking she was crazy and so on.  This was definitely a great book to put down for awhile and ponder the situation while trying to put the clues together. 

I loved the historical fiction component of this novel.  It was fascinating to hear about the different prescriptions and treatments to the diseases from the nineteenth century.  I also thought it was neat that there was some truth in this story...that there were actual asylums in the nineteenth century that women who were both sane and not-of-the-right-mind were committed to. 

The ending was fabulous.  I won't give away any spoilers but I can promise you that you will not see it coming.  I was so shock and surprised (in a good way) multiple times during this story that I had to re-read parts.

This was one of the first psychological young adult mysteries I've read and it didn't disappoint.  I give this novel ★★★★  

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Celebrate Your Library

Since it's library week I thought it would be nice to hear everyone's favorite things about their library or libraries in general.

My favorite thing about the library is seeing children walk up to the checkout desk with a stack of books that is bigger than they are. They love reading and are so excited to be getting so many awesome books for free. They inspire me to remember the pure joy of reading everyday and how nice it is to be getting great books for free.

What about you? What's your favorite thing about your library, or libraries in general?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View.
           My answer to this week's Follow Friday question:


Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her.


I am lucky enough to have two best friends who love reading as much as I do.  We love to get together over tea or wine and discuss our latest reads.  We often share books and seem to enjoy most of the same material.  


I also belong to two book adult literature and one young adult literature.  I enjoy both of these groups immensely and even though I might not agree with everyone's thoughts it's still nice to hear different perspectives.  


I also tend to chat about books with my mom, my sister and my grandmother.  Though we tend to read different sorts of books some of them overlap.  


Lastly, if I see someone reading a book I've read or want to read I'll often approach them and start up a conversation even if I've never met the person. 

What about you?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review of Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

Title:  Where I Belong
Author:  Gwendolyn Heasley
Published by:  HarperTeen
Pages:  289
Source:  Borrowed from Library

From GoodreadsWhen Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.

This novel was a really fun and cute read.  It has a common storyline of rich girl becomes poor and moves from the big city to the country.  

One of the things I thought was really neat about this book is that at the beginning there is a letter from Corrinne to the reader.  She says that at first the readers may hate her, but she grows and eventually they might change their mind.  I thought that was a great way to start the was almost a forewarning so we knew what was coming.

Another aspect of the novel that I really enjoyed were the characters.  They were very down-to-earth (well at least the Texas ones) and believable.  They kept the story fun and light; especially Bitsy and Corrinne's grandpa.  

Corrinne definitely had to grow on me as a character.  At the beginning of the story I didn't really like her and I was appalled at the way she treated her little brother.  By the end though I really grew to like her.  This is a definite princess to rags story with a reality check that landed Corrinne on her butt (figuratively and literally).  

This is also a story of friendship and how people change.  There was a very important undertone in the novel about true friends and staying true to who you are.  I only wished there was a little more romance in the novel.  I felt as if there were love interests but no love going on.  

If you're looking for a fun, light, read pick this one up.  Overall I give this novel ★★★ and 1/2

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review of Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Title:  Angelfire
Author:  Courtney Allison Moulton
Published by:  HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Pages:  453

Source:  Borrowed from Library 

From GoodreadsWhen seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.   (sorry this is so short but all the descriptions I found gave away too much of the story) 

This is one of those books that people have been talking about months before it was released and months after it was released.  What are some of those reasons this book is so adored? 

Let's start with the main character Ellie.  She is one kick-butt, warrior women with an amazing fashion sense.  She tough, feisty and not afraid to get a little bloody.  I love that she is so down to earth and even though at night she is killing reapers she's still worried about keeping up her grades and hanging out with her friends. 

The next reason would be Will, Ellie's amazingly wonderful protector/guardian.  Who wouldn't want a strong, muscled, and gorgeous guy protecting her?  I'm extremely independent, but after reading about Will I want to know where I can get one of my own.   

The last reason would be the creative world that Ms. Moulton introduced us to.  It mixes religious beliefs with angelic lore.  While I did find it a little confusing at times, the story itself was amazing and kept me reading late into the night.

 The one thing I wasn't too fond of was the gory descriptions.  I have too weak of a stomach for that.   

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the next one in the series.  I give this book ★★★★

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Today I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten books I'd like to see made into movies

1.  Nightshade by Andrea Cremer---I absolutely loved this book and it would be great to see all the characters come to life.

2.  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen---I love, love, love Sarah Dessen.  I wish all of her books were movies.  

3.  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare---I know this is going to be made into a movie but I can't wait to see Jace in action.  

4.  The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart---While I wasn't a huge fan of the book I think it would make a great movie that all ages would enjoy. 

5.   The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson---It was a great book and I think a lot of people would enjoy the movie.  It would definitely start a lot of conversations about ethics and medicine. 

6.  The DUFF by Kody Keplinger---I think a lot of teenage girls would relate to this book and it'd be great to have them see it played out in a movie version.

7.  Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta---It's my favorite YA book so of course I'd want to see it in a movie.

8.  The rest of the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan---I loved the first movie (even though most people didn't) and I'd love to see the rest on the big screen.

9.  The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead---I'm having a really hard time imaging who would play Dimitri.  It's hard to live up to his perfectness in my mind.

10.  The House of the Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast--I think these books would make exciting movies.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Review of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Book:  Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Published by:  Scholastic Press
Pages:  360
Source:  Audiobook-own

From Goodreads In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

I listened to an audio of this book and it was wonderful.  They had a different reader for each of the four point of views...and I have to mention that the reader for Cole had this deep, gorgeous, sexy voice.  It was definitely melt worthy.

Maggie Stiefvater has the most beautiful writing I've read in a while.  For lack of a better description, it's very poetic and lyrical.  It draws you in and you feel as if you a drifting lazily down the river on a hot summer's eve.  
This novel dealt more with Grace and her issues, than Sam.  I found myself frustrated with Sam at times.  I felt he was very self-involved and didn't want to take responsibility.  He wanted to drift along in his world of music instead of dealing with the tough issues.  Grace obviously needed help and yet Sam chose to pretend nothing was wrong.  I almost felt let-down by Sam in this novel.  I did feel his love for Grace, yet I wanted him to toughen up a bit.   

I was surprised by how much I liked Cole and Isabel.  I couldn't wait until we got back to their stories and voices.  They were fun and edgy, with fierce dialogue and passion to match.  

This was a great second novel, but left us with a cliffhanger.  Overall I'd give this novel ★★★★

Friday, April 8, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View.
           My answer to this week's Follow Friday question:

Q. Do you judge a book by it's cover?

I try not to judge books by their covers, but I will admit a pretty or interesting cover helps.  If I like the look of a cover, I'll often read the back or inside flap then to see if it would be something I'd enjoy.  If a book doesn't have an interesting cover, but I've heard great things about it I'll still pick it up.  For instance, I don't like the covers of the Vampire Academy series but I've read great reviews of the books so I started reading the series...and I loved it. 


 Don't forget to enter my giveaway (here) for a chance to win a copy of Clockwork Angel.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Harry Potter's Butterbeer

So about a month ago I posted a recipe for Harry Potter's Butterbeer.  I looked really good and I've heard it tastes amazing so I decided to give it a try.

The end's fabulous.  My sister, brother-in-law, and I all preferred it hot, but it was great both ways.

So the next time you read Harry Potter, watch the movies or are just looking for something fun to drink I suggest making Butterbeer.  You can find the recipe here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review of Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Book:  Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1)
Author:  L.A. Weatherly
Published by:  Candlewick Press
Pages:  403
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
Available:  May 24th, 2011

From GoodreadsWillow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. 

At first Willow seems like your normal teenage girl.  She's 16, blond, loves fixing cars, is a psychic, and lives with her aunt and mentally absent mother.  Ok, maybe she's not your typical teenager, but she still can't fly or anything, right?  Then after a physic reading Willow learns that Angel's exist and after a series of events she find out that she may not be a normal as she thought.   

I love the originality of angels in this story.  With many YA paranormal novels out there it's refreshing to come across a different view point.  All my life I've pictured angels as angelic being, full of pureness and good.  Then I read this novel.  I definitely wouldn't want these angels as my guardian angel or I may end up in the loony bin or worse. 

As original as this story was I had a hard time getting into it until after Alex met Willow.  I loved the scenes between them and cherished their time together.  The parts with the angels didn't really interest me as much and I found myself hurrying through them so I could get back to Alex and Willow.

A great aspect of this book was the love story between Willow and Alex.  I love that there was tension and conflict in their relationship.  They actually started out believing they hated each other, and there is the fact that Alex was sent to kill Willow.  Their love was gradual and instantaneous at the same time.  The tension between them was thick and steamy, but also sweet and enduring.   

Another issue I had with the novel was the ending.  I felt it was quite abrupt and came out of nowhere.  I wish this part would have been more drawn out.

Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I'd give it ★★★ and 1/2

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Today I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten book covers you wish you could redesign

**As a disclaimer I have no artistic ability so all of the covers mentioned are far better than anything I could have done.

1.  My first choice would be all of the Vampire Academy novels by Richelle Mead.  I really enjoy this series and I don't think the covers do the stories justice.  

2.  Duff by Kody Keplinger.  I loved this novel and I don't think the cover gives us the heart behind the story.  When I first saw this novel I expected something totally different based on the cover.

3.  The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder.  Those big pair of lips on the cover make me think someone wants to eat me.  

4.  The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.  I would like something more mysterious and sexy

5.  The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney.  I think the cover is a little too light for the seriousness of the issues in this novel.  

6.  Passion by Lauren Kate.  I absolutely loved her first two covers and while this one is very lovely I wish it was more like the first two in her series.  

7.  The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.  This cover scares me so much that it has made it difficult for me to want to pick up this novel and read it.  

That's all I can think of for now.  What about you?

Monday, April 4, 2011


Who is excited for City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare coming out tomorrow? I know I am! To celebrate the release of her 4th novel in The Mortal Instruments series I thought it would only be appropriate to give away one of her novels.

I am giving away a Hardcover edition of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1). You can check out my review of the novel here. If you haven't read this novel yet now is the time to read it. The second in this series, Clockwork Prince, comes out September 2011.

Contest Rules:  
You must be 13 years of age or older
You must enter by Sunday, April 10th at 11:59 CST
This is open Internationally and to my U.S. readers
You must fill out this FORM

Good Luck!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Review of Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Book:  Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
Author:  Richelle Mead
Published by: Razorbill
Pages: 443

From GoodreadsFor Rose Hathaway, everything seems out of kilter. Ever since she made her first Strigoi kills, a dark shadow has been creeping over her. Looming in the background, too, is another realization: If she follows her forbidden love for guardian Dimitri Belikov, she might lose her best friend forever. And these sleep-shaking worries couldn't have come at a worse time. The immortal unloving are prowling everywhere, famished for vengeance against her. An adrenaline-laced episode of the teen pop favorite Vampire Academy.

I must tell you that I finished this book a little while ago and it took me some time to be able to process all my thoughts (and crazy emotions).  Even after waiting to write this review I feel a little unbalanced by this book.  At times I absolutely loved the book and at other times...not so much.  I'm not really explaining this well enough, but I guess what I'm trying to say is expect to be shocked and haunted by this book, but definitely wanting more.     

I applaud the author for being so bold and gutsy.  I had a feeling something was going to happen at the end of the novel, but I didn't expect the author to actually go through with it.  One of the best parts about this novel is that it shows life is not always easy and sometimes it doesn't have a happy ending or an ending at all, just a change in course.   

There were parts in this novel that were so well written, I felt like I was there.  The battle scenes were epic with heart-pounding action that felt gladiator-like.  The scenes between Rose and Dimitri were so hot the flames were leaping off the page, consuming everything around me.  

I absolutely love the character of Rose.  She is an amazing warrior, protector, and friend.  Her snide comments and fierce comeback have you chuckling in laughter and giving her (an imaginary) high five.  Then, there is Dimitri who is so perfect and wonderful and everything you'd want in a man.  I can't forget about Christian who really proved himself a man in this novel.  He was brave, courageous, and powerful.  I'm really starting to like this guy!

The one problem I still have with this series is Lissa.  I cannot stand her whiny, it's all about me attitude.  I'm not sure if the author wanted her portrayed that way, but that's how I feel about her.  Often times when I thought she'd be there for Rose, she let me down.  It may be that I'm super protective of Rose, but I feel like Lissa should stop thinking about herself so much and start thinking about Rose.   

Overall even with the crazy, shocking ending, it's still an amazing read.  I'd give this book ★★★★ and 1/2.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View.
           My answer to this week's Follow Friday question:


Q. What is the book that you really don't want to admit to loving?? 


I don't know if there is a book that I don't like to admit to loving.  If I like something I let people know even if they don't like it back.  We all have different tastes in literature, but that doesn't mean I judge anyone because of what they read and I hope people don't judge me either.  


What about you?